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HTC Vive to launch in Thailand in 2Q17

Mar 28, 14:18

HTC achieved strong results in China and the US with its HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) device in the past two years, and in the second quarter, HTC is planning to launch the Vive in Thailand, according to HTC's VR New Technology department vice president, Raymond Pao.

Nintendo expects to ship 20 million Switch devices in first year

Mar 24, 12:27

Nintendo estimates shipments of the Switch in its first year at 20 million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, adding that they have a conservative estimate of shipping at least 10 million units in the first year.

PC vendors to hike prices in 3Q17

Mar 22, 16:10

PC vendors, in order to reflect continual hikes in component costs, including display panels, DRAM, SSDs, Li batteries, plan to raise retail prices when new models equipped with revised Kaby Lake processors are launched in the third quarter of 2017, according to sources from the upstream supply chai...

Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad

Mar 22, 15:35

Apple has updated its 9.7-inch iPad, featuring a brighter Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels. The device is enclosed in an aluminum unibody enclosure weighing one pound, and it runs on the Apple-designed A9 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture.

AOpen suffers net loss per share of NT$3.15 for 2016

Stockwatch - Mar 20, 11:05

Small form factor computing device and digital signage maker AOpen has released its 2016 financial report, posting consolidated revenues of NT$1.139 billion (US$35.9 million), gross margin of 22.13%, net operating loss of NT$330 million, net loss of NT$365 million and net loss per share of NT$3.15.

Acer expects large growth in 2017 shipments for Chromebooks, gaming notebooks and desktops

Mar 17, 15:01

Acer expects double-digit percentage growth in 2017 shipments for Chromebooks and gaming PCs and, for Chromebooks in particular, Acer has market shares of 30-35% in the North America market and over 50% in both Europe and Australia, according to company CEO Jason Chen.

Jason Chen, Acer CEO

Asustek sees largest global market share for gaming notebooks in January, say Taiwan makers

Mar 17, 12:17

Asustek Computer had the largest global market share of 25% for gaming notebooks in January 2017, followed by Lenovo with 16%, HP with 14%, and Micro-Star International and Acer each with 10%. An estimated 5.8 million gaming notebooks will ship globally in 2017, growing 16% on year, according to Taiwan-based...

Digitimes Research: Notebook players see rising shipments in February

Mar 16, 15:55

The worldwide top-5 notebook brand vendors saw their combined shipments in February grow 20% on month and 22% on year, while the top-3 ODMs' shipments also experienced 10% on-month and 30% on-year growths in the month as demand was better than expected. In addition, the Lunar New Year holidays in 2017...

IC demand from PC sector will not pick up until August

Mar 16, 15:15

Taiwan-based IC design houses have said that chip orders from notebook and other PC makers have been flat in March, and a major rebound of chip orders from the PC industry may not come until August.

Microsoft new Surface Book enters mass production

Mar 16, 14:09

Microsoft's new Surface Book reportedly entered mass production recently and shipments are expected to rise each month, according to sources from the related upstream supply chain. The sources believe Microsoft is likely to announce the new notebook at the end of March or April.

Digitimes Research: Compal, MSI see increased AIO PC shipments in 2016

Mar 15, 10:25

Most Taiwan-based ODMs saw their all-in-one (AIO) PC shipments drop on year in 2016 except Compal Electronics and Micro-Star International (MSI). TPV-Inventa Technology - originally an AIO PC joint venture between TPV Technology and Inventec, but became a subsidiary of Inventec in September 2015 -...

Apple moves ahead production of planned new 10.5-inch iPad to March, say Taiwan makers

Mar 14, 12:21

Apple has moved ahead the production for its planned new 10.5-inch iPad to March instead of an earlier timetable set for May-June and is expected to unveil the new iPad at a product event to be held in early April to mark the inauguration of Apple's new headquarters in California, according to Taiwan-based...

MEA PC market declines on year amid weak commercial demand, says IDC

Mar 13, 15:52

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC market experienced a mild decline of 1.8% on year in the fourth quarter of 2016 to total 3.2 million units, according to IDC. The decline stemmed from the desktop segment, as weak commercial demand saw shipments fall 10% on year to total 1.2 million units for the...

Asustek reports 10% on-year decline in February revenues

Stockwatch - Mar 10, 16:22

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$31.818 billion (US$1.02 billion) for February 2017, representing a 1.5% increase on month and 10.1% drop on year.

MSI sees February revenues rise 7.65% on year

Stockwatch - Mar 10, 16:18

Micro-Star International (MSI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$7.302 billion (US$235.15 million) for February 2017, representing a 13.71% drop on month and 7.65% increase on year.

Compal ships 2.9 million notebooks/PCs in February

Mar 10, 15:11

Compal Electronics has announced notebook/PC shipments of 2.9 million units for February, up 31% from 2.2 million units in January. Although Compal's shipments had over 30% on-month growth, Compal's revenues in February only grew 11.2% from January because the product ASP in February was lower than...

Acer revenues rise 3.49% on year in February

Stockwatch - Mar 9, 15:58

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$16.74 billion (US$540.1 million) for February 2017, representing a 1.31% drop on month and 3.49% increase on year.

Taiwan market: Asustek, Acer to compete on pricey gaming notebooks

Newswatch - Mar 9, 15:55

Asustek Computer and Acer plan to start marketing their latest but pricey gaming notebooks in the Taiwan market soon, heating up the already keen market, according to industry sources.

Asustek to start production of VR HMD in 3Q17

Mar 8, 16:19

Asustek Computer is choosing suppliers for its VR head-mounted display (HMD) devices, with Samsung Display likely to be a supplier of display panels and Taiwan-based makers to undertake OEM production. Production is expected to start in the third quarter of 2017, according to industry sources.

Synnex sees increased February revenues

Mar 8, 11:32

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$24.419 billion (US$795 million) for February, growing 3.15% on month and 23.29% on year.

Getac expects revenues to grow strongly in 2H17

Mar 8, 11:21

Ruggedized PC player Getac Technology expects its revenues to decrease sequentially in the second quarter, but the volume will have a good chance to grow strongly in the second half due to increased procurement orders.

ECS revenues drop in February

Stockwatch - Mar 7, 16:15

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.606 billion (US$52 million) for February 2017, representing a 38.19% drop on month and 4.06% drop on year.

Wearable market grows 16.9% in 4Q16, says IDC

Mar 3, 15:49

The worldwide wearable market reached a new all-time high as shipments reached 33.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, growing 16.9% on year. Shipments for the entire year grew 25% as new vendors entered the market and previous champions refreshed their product lineups. The year came to a...

Digitimes Research: Worldwide notebook shipments to enjoy on-year growth in 1Q17

Mar 2, 10:50

Worldwide notebook shipments (not including 2-in-1 devices) surpassed 40 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, dropping only 1.2% on year. Shipments from Taiwan-based ODMs even achieved on-year shipment growth in the quarter thanks to strong demand from the US and Europe due to seasonality and...

Digitimes Research: Lenovo largest AIO vendor worldwide in 2016

Mar 1, 11:21

Lenovo was the largest all-in-one PC vendor worldwide in 2016, followed by Hewlett-Packard (HP) at number two. The two players' shipments gap was widened in 2016 compared to 2015 mainly because of HP's unsatisfactory all-in-one PC sales. Lenovo's shipments include those from subsidiaries NEC and Med...

Acer provides smart health platform to Changhua Christian Hospital

Feb 24, 15:15

Acer on February 23 announced cooperation with Changhua Christian Hospital in central Taiwan, which will adopt Acer's aBeing Wellness cloud-based health platform for remote tracking and care of chronic patients on a long-term basis, with both sides to further cooperate to develop artificial intelligence...

iPad supply chain makers likely to report disappointing 1Q17 sales

Feb 24, 10:48

First-quarter 2017 results of Taiwan-based makers in the iPad supply chain, notably touch panel makers TPK Holding and General Interface Solution (GIS), are hanging in the balance, depending on when Apple is going release its new iPad Pro lineup, according to industry sources.

Asustek likely to unveil new 2-in-1 model at MWC 2017

Newswatch - Feb 23, 15:29

Asustek Computer is expected to unveil a new 2-in-1 notebook model, the ZenFlip UX370, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

GPU shipments total 100 million in 4Q16, says John Peddie

Feb 23, 12:26

Global demand for GPUs increased in the fourth quarter of 2016 on a sequential basis, continuing a rising trend despite continuing lower sales for PCs.

Asustek adjusting tablet operations

Feb 20, 10:50

Asustek Computer is adjusting its tablet operations by decreasing the number of models developed, focusing shipments on fewer overseas markets, and transferring a portion of its about 1,000 employees specifically working on tablets to its VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality), and smartphone...

Samsung unveils a new line of smart appliances at Samsung SEAO Forum 2017

Feb 18, 15:41

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a new line of consumer electronic products at the ongoing Samsung SEAO Forum 2017 in Singapore.

Samsung FlexWash washer/dryer

HTC takes VR lead in China, says Canalys

Feb 18, 11:06

Shipments of VR headsets totaled 300,000 units in China in 2016, making it the world's second-largest market with a 15% share, according to Canalys.

15.74 million tablets shipped globally in 2016, says firm

Feb 17, 15:11

There were 15.74 million tablets shipped globally in 2016, decreasing 6.6% on year. Apple was the largest vendor shipping 42.55 million iPads, according to Taiwan-based consulting firm TrendForce.

Lenovo quarterly sales down 6% on year

Feb 16, 14:48

Lenovo has announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2016. Quarterly revenues were US$12.2 billion, a 6% decrease year-on-year. Third quarter pre-tax income was US$101 million, a 68% decline year-on-year. Net income fell 67% year-on-year to US$98 million.

Asustek expects sequential drop in 1Q17 revenues

Feb 16, 11:55

Asustek Computer expects first-quarter 2017 revenues from the PC product line to decrease 15-20% on quarter, those from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to slip 10-15% and those from DIY motherboards, graphics cards and components to drop 0-5% due to off-season effects, said company CEO...

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen at a Feb 15 investors conference

Notebook shipments get bump in 4Q16

Feb 15, 15:57

The final quarter of 2016 brought good news to the global notebook industry, as shipments showed an on-year increase for the first time since 2012, according to data from Digitimes Research.

Asustek Computer nets NT$26 for 2016

Feb 15, 11:06

Asustek Computer has released its unaudited financial report for the fourth quarter of 2016, leading to net EPS of NT$25.85 (US$0.834) for 2016.

Clevo to see notebook shipments remain robust in 1Q17

Newswatch - Feb 14, 15:33

Taiwan-based Clevo has reported increased revenues for January thanks to strong shipments of its notebooks in the China market. The company's January revenues came to NT$1.98 billion (US$64.162 million), increasing 6.2% on month and 19.7% on year.

China market: Asustek fails to reach DIY motherboard shipment goal in 2016

Feb 14, 11:57

Asustek Computer aimed to ship 10 million DIY motherboards in the China market in 2016 but actually shipped nine million units, according to industry sources.

Quanta continues to be largest notebook ODM for HP in 2017

Feb 13, 11:44

HP has decided on the distribution of orders among its four main Taiwan-based ODMs for notebook to be launched in 2017, with Quanta Computer maintaining the status as the largest accounting for 35% of HP's planned total orders, higher than the 32% in 2016, according to industry sources.

Foxconn Electronics, Pegatron post mixed growth in January revenues

Feb 13, 11:39

EMS provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) saw its consolidated revenues of NT$345.332 billion (US$10.96 billion) for January decrease 23.20% on month but increase 2.29% on year, while ODM Pegatron had those of NT$84.149 billion, growing 6.11% on month but dropping 12.11% on year,...

Acer focuses 2017 PC marketing on slim notebooks, gaming notebooks, says Taiwan president

Feb 13, 11:32

Acer will focus PC marketing in 2017 on two market-niche product lines, slim notebooks and gaming notebooks, and will launch new models beginning the first quarter, according to the company's Taiwan operations president Dave Lin.

Acer Taiwan operations president Dave Lin

Digitimes Research: All-in-one PC shipments to increase in 2017

Feb 10, 15:38

Because of weak demand for all-in-one PCs, worldwide all-in-one ((AIO) PC shipments fell 4.8% on year to total only 12.11 million units in 2016, the third consecutive year of on-year declines. However, the shipment volume is expected to return to growth in 2017, up 1.5% on year, as the market starts...

Mitac International lands orders for truck-use ELDs

Feb 10, 14:48

Mitac International has obtained orders from US-based truck fleet management undertakers for electronic logging devices (ELDs), electronic devices for recording truck drivers' hours of service to avoid overtime work, according to the company.

AI helps Nvidia reach record revenues

Feb 10, 12:15

Nvidia has reported fourth quarter (ending January 29, 2017) Fiscal Year 2017 revenues of US$2.17 billion, up 55% from US$1.40 billion a year earlier, and up 8% from US$2.00 billion in the previous quarter. For Fiscal 2017, revenues reached a record US$6.91 billion, up 38% percent from US$5.01 billion...

Asustek, MSI are top-2 gaming notebook vendors in 2016

Feb 10, 12:09

While global gaming notebook sales in 2016 are estimated at 4.5 million units, Asustek Computer and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped 1.2 million units and 800,000-850,000 units respectively, becoming the globally largest and second largest vendors.

Compal Electronics ships 2.2 million notebooks in January

Feb 9, 23:05

Compal Electronics shipped 2.2 million notebooks in January, declining 4.34% on year, and corresponding revenues dropped 8.56%, according to the company.

Acer to create VR system for National Palace Museum

Feb 9, 14:39

Following its partnership with IMAX over virtual reality experience centers, Acer will cooperate with Taiwan's National Palace Museum to create a VR system for visitors to view the antiques without display cases.

Samsung leads VR device makers in 2016, says report

Feb 9, 13:54

Samsung Electronics led the global VR (virtual reality) device makers by shipping a total of 4.51 million units of its Gear VR devices in 2016, according to a Korea-based ET News report, which cited data from SuperData Research.

Intel announces US$7 billion investment for 7nm fab

Feb 9, 12:13

Intel has announced plans to invest more than US$7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Ariz., and is targeted to use a 7nm manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors.

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